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Old 06-21-2013, 12:17 PM   #1
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I'm thinking about getting a 10 gallon tank, and I was wondering if these fish could live happily and thrive in it. It would most likely have an Aquaclear 30 filter, and would be fishless cycled beforehand.
I want to keep Rosy Red Minnows. I think they're really cute fish, despite being sold as feeders. How many could I keep in a 10 gallon, happily? I don't want to crowd them.
The only other fish I would put, if possible, is 3 or 4 Black Kuhli Loaches. Would these be able to live happily in a 10 gallon, or is it too small? If this is too small, what would be a good size for them? And would I need a certain kind of substrate, or would they be fine in gravel?
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Old 06-21-2013, 12:27 PM   #2
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Flathead minnows, also called Rosey Red's in the color morph form, can get up to 3". I think males are the ones that get big. I haven't seen them in years. If at all possible I would suggest getting a 20g long and that would be great for the minnows and loaches. Sand I believe would be the best choice for the loaches.
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Is there anything special I would need to know about having a tank with sand? I've only had gravel. I've heard sand makes ammonia bubbles that cause a spike in ammonia when they pop.
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One tip with sand is when doing water changes or moving things around, you will kick up sand! I have sand in both tanks and it's a constant battle. But I'd never go back to gravel. Just take your time and try and let the majority of it settle before turning on the filters.
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Sand does not make ammonia bubbles. What can happen is if you made too deep of a sand bed you can get pockets of anerobic gas which if they bubble up to the surface and pop will smell like rotten eggs (methane gas). Tons of people have sand substrates.
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Yeah, I thought that was strange, since so many people use sand. How deep would be too deep?
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Actually IMO 2-1/2" is a good depth.
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Okay, thanks for the advice. (: Basically, the 10G wouldn't work, then?
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Personally I don't think it would.
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Old 06-21-2013, 06:58 PM   #10
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I had my doubts. I'd much rather the fish be happy than stuff them into too small of a tank. Thank you. (:
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